Signs of the Times

[From the Evening Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, March 31, 1923]

The outstanding idea of Easter is, of course, the transformation from a condition which suggests death and inactivity, to a condition of life and virility—resurrection. ... Coincident with the advent of Easter, with its religious and spiritual impressiveness, comes also the awakening from apparent death to life of all things in nature. For many months the trees, flowers, and all vegetation have remained in silent lifelessness, so far as outward evidences were concerned. Suddenly come the warm sunshine and the gentle showers and, lo, that which was seemingly dead bursts into new, fresh, lovely life. A transition has occurred. The ... worm crawls upon a leaf, wraps itself in a narrow house of its own making, remains motionless and apparently dead for months, then in spring breaks out of its enclosure a miracle of beauty, in no manner resembling the grub of months before.

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